The mid-range 356C was the 1600 SC. The main difference from the entry-level car being a more powerful, higher compression version of the 1.6-litre overhead valve engine that produced 95bhp at a heady 5800rpm. To give a sportier ride, Koni dampers were fitted in place of the Boge items of the less powerful car.
Engine: Rear-mounted, air-cooled flat-four with two Solex 40 PII-4 twin-choke downdraft carburettors
Compression ratio: 9.5:1
Bore and stroke: 82.5x74mm
Maximum power: 95bhp at 5800rpm
Maximum torque: 124Nm at 4200rpm
Transmission: Four speed manual driving the rear axle
Brakes: Front: 274.5×10.5mm discs; rear: 285x10mm discs
Suspension: Front: Two swinging arms with two transvers torsion bar springs, telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar; Rear: Swing axles with radius arms, two torsion bar springs and telescopic dampers
Wheels & tyres: Front: 4.5Jx15 with 5.60/15 tyres 4.5Jx15 with 5.60/15 tyres
Top speed: 115mph
The 356C 1600 was offered in Coupe, Cabriolet and Hardtop/Cabriolet (Cabriolet with a removable hardtop) forms.